Newtownbreda

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Coordinates: 54°33′36″N 5°54′47″W / 54.560°N 5.913°W / 54.560; -5.913 Newtownbreda is an electoral ward of Borough of Castlereagh in Northern Ireland. At one time "Newtownbreda" was a small village to the southeast of Belfast. However, it is now part of the Greater Belfast conurbation and Newtownbreda now tends to refer to the wider area from Hydebank to the Saintfield Road rather than to the old village.[citation needed] Today, Newtownbreda is very much a residential area of the middle class, with further houses and apartments only being completed within the last few years.[citation needed]

Newtownbreda has a secondary school and church. The Forestside Shopping Centre was developed by Sainsbury's between 1996 and 1998.[1] Other services include a library, dentist and optician as well as a florist and shoe shop amongst other small businesses. Belvoir Park Golf Club is also located nearby. On September 23 1992 a Provisional IRA bomb destroyed the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory (NIFSL) at Newtownbreda.[2] A Tesco store was built on the site next to the NIFSL (on a brownfield site , formerly a Stewarts Warehouse) and opened in 2007.

The Belfast A55 "Outer Ring" dual carriage-way separates Newtownbreda from Belvoir Park Forest and Belvoir housing estate which is largely Northern Ireland Housing Executive-supplied housing. This dual carriage-way provides transport links to Belfast city centre, as well as the outskirts of the city.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morton, Robin (15 September 1998). "Forestside: a new era". Belfast Telegraph (Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd.). 
  2. ^ Cowley, Martin (24 September 1992). "Bombing of forensic lab likely to disrupt courts". The Irish Times (The Irish Times).